Motorists and shoppers in Birmingham city centre are being treated to a seasonal light show with a difference at the new Radisson SAS hotel.

With little over two weeks until it is due to open, bedrooms at Birmingham's latest upmarket hotel, which occupies the first 18 floors of the 400ft Beetham Tower in Holloway Circus, were lit up in the shape of a star to give a twinkling welcome to 2006.

The New Year ushers in another chapter in the city's ongoing renaissance, as the flagship hotel is the first Radisson SAS to open in the Midlands, while the eye-catching glass fronted Beetham Tower is the tallest residential building outside London.

The hotel, which welcomes its first guests on January 16, has 211 rooms, seven suites and a presidential suite boasting stunning views of the city's skyline, a health and fitness centre, with spa, gym and sauna, and ten meeting and events rooms.

"We want to wish the city a very happy new year," said general manager Kathrine Ohm Thomas. "A star represents new beginnings for the city and also sets us up for a very exciting 2006.

"Birmingham has become such a popular place to visit, and we are very much looking to welcoming people from all corners of the globe."